There are a lot of serious compact film cameras out there, starting with the original Leica. I just received a "needs TLC" Leica IIIa as "payment" for repairing some lenses, and it will be back up and running soon. My favorites are the Canonet QL17l and GIII, and the Minolta 7s-II. I end up with the Canonet more often, better viewfinder. The Minolta- even smaller than the Canonet. I'll be using the Canonet for the january challenge, and will scan and post some negatives from the Minolta.